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BMW 02 Series Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary this Year

While everyone is celebrating BMW’s 100th anniversary this year, looking back over the achievements the Bavarian brand managed to accomplish over this period of time, it’s easy to forget about other milestones achieved in 2016. One model that should be remembered, the 02 Series, was the one that gave birth to the best-selling car the Germans ever made.

You might not be aware of this but the car that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year truly started a revolution in Munich. How come? Well, just think about what the Bavarian giant would look like today if it wasn’t for cars such as the BMW 1600.


It was back in 1966 when the 1600 was initially unveiled, aiming at customers that also had a burning desire for driving their cars in a sporty manner. The combination of a compact two-door notchback body with engine and chassis technology proven in the four-door saloons of the “New Class” created the ideal enablers for handling that was as agile as it was safe.

And it wasn’t just BMW marketing that sold the cars either. As soon as customers began driving them, the 02 became the image of the ultimate driving machine. In the years that followed, thanks to the hard work of the engineers, the range grew in power from the 85 HP of the 1600 to the 100 HP of the BMW 2002, 130 HP of the BMW 2002 tii and even 170 HP for the BMW 2002 turbo.

While it may not seem like too much these days, in 1973, the flagship 2002 Turbo model became the first series automobile to be powered by a turbocharged engine. From the 02 Series range the hugely successful 3 Series was derived and, to this day, it is the best-selling model the Germans put out, being sold by the millions in the forty years that followed.

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